NHS CPCS Clinical Training

How confident are you in managing clinical conditions referred to you via the NHS Community Pharmacist Consultation Service?

Our programme of interactive webinar courses look at core clinical areas, to give you the skills to diagnose, intervene, and help patients directly.

And remember, all these CPCS courses are free to attend!

Course #6 - Women's Health

March-April 2023

Women's Health

Are you confident advising patients on the difference between normal and abnormal vaginal discharge? 

The NHS CPCS Clinical Training module in Women’s Health will teach you how to assess and manage patients presenting with menstrual pain, and other common women’s health conditions such as thrush and cystitis.

You will learn about the female anatomy and hormonal cycle, and how to appropriately undertake a women’s health consultation.

You'll also learn how to spot red flags for more serious conditions or illnesses, as well as when to refer to other healthcare providers.

Who are these courses for?

Our clinical training courses are for every community pharmacist in England who wants to do more to help their patients.

If you've thought, “I could do more if I knew more!” then this free course is for you.

When are sessions available?

Unlike our other CPCS workshops, Women's Health is just a single 2.5-hour session.

  • Tuesday 14 March, 7-9.30pm
  • Wednesday 29 March, 7-9.30pm
  • Sunday 23 April, 9.30am-12pm
  • Thursday 27 April, 9.30am-12pm

BOOK YOUR FREE CPCS WOMEN'S HEALTH SESSION


Meet the tutor...

Zoe van ZuylenZoë van Zuylen

Job: Research Pharmacist and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

About: Zoe has been a qualified pharmacist for over 14 years and has specialised in Women’s Pharmacy for over six years.

She works in a busy tertiary centre where her main area of speciality is complex Maternity care but she is fortunate enough to be involved in a range of Women’s care.

Course #5 - Clinical Skills

January-February 2023

Do you know how to take a mental health assessment using the HADS scoring tool?

Can you confidently interpret a pulse oximetry reading and know when to refer?

Our Consultation Skills Course will teach you the skills you need to appropriately assess conditions such as anxiety, depression and asthma.

Includes all-new case studies!

Taught by RCGP experts

Learn from Royal College of General Practitioners experts about key clinical assessment tools for mental health conditions, how to do remote consultations using LICEF and IC26, and how to take peak flow and pulse oximetry readings.

Our Clinical Skills CPCS Training Course will enable you to confidently undertake clinical consultations and reduce some of the burden on your fellow healthcare professionals.

Who are these courses for?

Our clinical training courses are for every community pharmacist in England who wants to do more to help their patients.

If you've thought, “I could do more if I knew more!” then this free course is for you.

When are sessions available?

Clinical Skills:

Unlike our other CPCS workshops, Clinical Skills is just a single two-hour session.

  • Tuesday 24 January 2023, 7pm-9pm 
  • Wednesday 8 February 2023, 7pm-9pm 
  • Sunday 26 February 2023, 9.30am-11.30am

BOOK YOUR FREE CLINICAL SKILLS SESSION

Course #4 - Paediatrics

January-February 2023

Paediatrics

Research suggests the number of small children and young people visiting Accident and Emergency has risen significantly over the last decade.

This course will teach you how to assess children with ailments such as abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhoea, and other common childhood conditions. It will teach you about paediatric physiology, treatments available, and how to undertake effective consultations with children. 

You'll also learn how to spot red flags for more serious conditions or illnesses, as well as when to refer to other healthcare providers.

Most diagnoses in children are made through history-taking and shared decision-making with their carer, so we'll give you a thorough grounding in observation and questioning skills, to assess children with common ailments.

Did you know that over 25% of A&E visits are for children? But it's estimated that 80% of them could have been treated by their GP or Community Pharmacist. Our Paediatrics CPCS Clinical Training Course will enable you to reduce some of the burden on your fellow healthcare professionals.

Who are these courses for?

Our clinical training courses are for every community pharmacist in England who wants to do more to help their patients.

If you've thought, “I could do more if I knew more!” then this free course is for you.

When are sessions available?

Paediatrics session 1:

  • Wednesday 18 January 2023, 7pm
  • Sunday 22 January 2023, 9.30am
  • Thursday 2 February 2023, 9.30am-11.30am
  • Tuesday 21 February 2023, 7pm-9pm
  • Tuesday 18 April 2023, 7pm-9.30pm

Paediatrics session 2:

  • Wednesday 25 January 2023, 7pm
  • Sunday 29 January 2023, 9.30am
  • Thursday 9 February 2023, 9.30am-11.30am
  • Tuesday 28 February 2023, 7pm-0pm
  • Tuesday 25 April, 7pm-9.30am

BOOK YOUR FREE CPCS PAEDIATRICS SESSIONS


Meet some of our tutors...

Chris Paget

Chris Paget

Job: Pharmacy & Oncology - Willow Inpatient Module Lead & Specialist Paediatrics Pharmacist

About: I am EPMA Pharmacy Lead at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and a Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Pharmacy Practice at the University of Manchester. I have over 10 years’ experience in children’s services and a specialist interest in Paediatric gastroenterology, nutrition and critical care.

Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin

Job: Principal Pharmacist Education and Training at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, Co-Chair of the London Branch of Neonatal and Paediatric Pharmacists Group (NPPG)

About: I'm the lead for pharmacy education and training for Great Ormond Street Hospital, having spent 12 years improving the care of children, young people and their families through designing more compassionate services, educating others and supporting children to manage their own condition.

Course #3 - Respiratory

LAST CHANCE TO ATTEND!

March 2023

A medical model of the lungs

One in five people in England are affected by respiratory disease. Our Respiratory CPCS Clinical Training Course will enable you to reduce some of the burden on your fellow healthcare professionals.

This course will teach you how to assess patients who have a cough and other common respiratory conditions. You'll learn how to spot red flags for more serious conditions or illnesses, but also when to refer to other care providers.

80% of diagnoses are made through history-taking, so we'll give you a thorough grounding in observation and questioning skills, to assess patients with different respiratory conditions.

You’ll learn the anatomy of the respiratory system, different treatments for conditions, as well as when and how to signpost patients to other professionals.

With hospital admissions for lung disease rising at three times the rate of all admissions generally over the past seven years, respiratory diseases are a major pressure on the NHS, especially in winter.

When are these final sessions?

Respiratory session 1:

  • Sunday 5 March, 9.30am-12pm

Respiratory session 2:

  • Sunday 12 March, 9.30am-12pm

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW


Meet the tutors

Ravijyot Saggu

Ravijyot Saggu

Job: Chief Pharmaceutical Officer’s fellow, NHS England and Improvement

About: I have a hospital background (Medicine & Emergency services with a speciality in Respiratory medicine) and I am also an honorary clinical lecturer for the London School of Pharmacy (UCL). 

I am passionate about respiratory care, as chair of the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association respiratory committee.

Dr Sam Bartlett

Dr Sam Bartlett

Job: Respiratory Registrar

About: I am a respiratory registrar in London and have spent time at the Royal Brompton and Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals.

I enjoy clinical education and spent a year as a teaching fellow at Imperial College, where I completed a post-graduate certificate in medical education.

Course #2 - Dermatology

LAST CHANCE TO ATTEND!

April 2023

A close-up photo of an older woman's hands

Sign up for our CPCS Clinical Training Course in dermatology, and you can help to treat the 21% of GP consultations that relate to skin problems.

This course teaches you how to assess and diagnose patients with common skin conditions. You'll learn how to recommend treatments, such as emollients, but also when to refer to other care providers.

With 80% of diagnoses made through history-taking, the course will give you a thorough grounding in observation and questioning skills, to assess patients with many different skin conditions.

Our programme was developed in collaboration with the British Association of Dermatologists, and our training team includes a Consultant Dermatologist and a GP with special interest in dermatology. They’ll teach you how to recognise different conditions, and spot more serious skin problems – or possible underlying conditions – to get the best possible outcomes for every patient.

You’ll learn the composition of the skin, different treatments for conditions, as well as when and how to signpost patients to other professionals.

When are these final sessions?

Dermatology session 1:

  • Wednesday, 19 April, 7pm-9.30pm

Dermatology session 2:

  • Wednesday, 26 April, 7pm-9.30pm

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW


Meet the tutors

Dr Anja Weidmann

Dr Anja Weidmann

Job: Consultant Dermatologist, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

About: I am a general dermatologist with an interest in paediatric dermatology working in the north of England.

Together with Dr Tamara Griffiths, I will be covering management of common dermatological conditions including eczema and acne and providing advice about sun-protection and skin cancer detection.

Dr Stephanie Gallard

Dr Stephanie Gallard

Job: Dermatology GPSI and Pharmacist

About: The development of the CPCS is very exciting and gives community pharmacists more scope to help patients.

I hope that this course will give them a more in depth understanding of the correct diagnosis, management and treatment for the common dermatology conditions under the CPCS.

Course #1 - Eye Care

LAST CHANCE TO ATTEND!

March 2023

Eye

Sign up for our CPCS Clinical Training Course in ophthalmology, and you could potentially save someone’s sight.

The first course in our programme focuses on eye care, teaching you to recognise different conditions, recommend treatments, and knowing when to refer to other care providers.

With 80% of diagnoses made through history-taking, the course will give you a thorough grounding in observation and questioning skills, to assess patients with many different eye conditions.

Our training team includes an expert optometrist, specialist ophthalmic pharmacist, GPs and advanced primary care practitioners. They’ll teach you how to recognise different conditions, and spot more serious eye problems - or possible underlying conditions - to get the best possible outcomes for every patient.

You’ll learn the anatomy of the eye, different treatments for conditions, as well as when and how to signpost patients to other professionals.

Eye Care session 1:

  • Wednesday, 1 March 2023, 9.30am-12pm

Eye Care session 2:

  • Wednesday, 8 March 2023, 9.30am-12pm

BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW


Meet the tutors

Dr Catherine Porter

Dr Catherine Porter

Job: Senior Lecturer in Optometry, University of Manchester

About: Dr Catherine Porter is a Senior Lecturer in Optometry at the University of Manchester, training undergraduate students in clinical optometry, and is the lead for Optometry Post Graduate Taught education.

In 2018, she became an Independent Prescriber and still regularly works in optometric practice.

Lloyd Thomas

Lloyd Thomas

Job: Advanced Specialist Pharmacist in Ophthalmology, Oxford University Hospitals

About: I've been specialising in Ophthalmology for the past three years. I have to admit that prior to this my knowledge of managing eye conditions was lacking, and I know many other pharmacists feel the same.

However, I have found that there are plenty of opportunities for pharmacists to be involved in eye care, and I hope that the CPCS Eye Care module will help community pharmacists feel much more comfortable when they encounter patients with eye conditions.

Future courses

Future courses within our CPCS Clinical Training Programme will cover:

  • Women’s health
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment Skills.
Watch this page for more details throughout 2023

Operational Training

How it works - NHS CPCS

Want to improve your understanding of how CPCS works and how best to support your patients?

Watch our pre-recorded webinars and learn from expert speakers how you can successfully support the CPCS service in your pharmacy operationally - everything from receiving a referral to treating your patients.

Pharmoutcomes Masterclass webinar

Implementing CPCS in your Pharmacy Teams webinar

Open to RPS Members and Non-Members.

"This was an excellent balance of group discussion, sharing best practice and interaction"

"Great facilitators made it relevant and therefore particularly useful.
I would certainly recommend CPCS to other pharmacists."

"I’m very grateful to all the clinical facilitators/hosts"

"They provided excellent live session training and sharing their wealth of professional experience in patient consultation cases. I will revisit and reflect further on my existing history taking skills, investigations and techniques for ongoing improvement."

"The facilitators were very good"

"They obviously valued pharmacy and pharmacists’ abilities as part of the community team."

"I thought it was all excellent"

"The best thing for me was getting input and feedback from the GP and practice nurse and paramedic."

"This was an excellent balance of group discussion, sharing best practice and interaction"

"Great facilitators made it relevant and therefore particularly useful. Would certainly recommend to other pharmacists."

Saving lives through consultation skills

Amul Mistry

Amul Mistry from Lees, saved a patient's life with his CPCS skills.

"As a community pharmacist, I felt that I already had good consultation skills.

"The training I received on consultation skills by the RPS [...]encouraged me to take time to listen to my patient and her concerns. Even though the patient did not display any of the classic symptoms of a MI, something was telling me that something was not quite right! "

Read the full story in his blog post - Saving lives through consultation skills

Questions about our CPCS programme?

If you have any questions about any aspect of our CPCS training or about your sessions booking, our Events team can be reached at [email protected]

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